|OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE ROSALIE WHYEL MUSEUM OF DOLL ART|
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|Vol. XIV , No 2||Spring 2005|
Inside this edition of Small Wonders...
True Survivors: Early Dolls Made of China
May 21st – October 31st, 2005
Glazed porcelain, or china head dolls,
were commercially manufactured beginning in the 1840s as a side-product of the
German porcelain factory K.P.M. and other German firms with their own porcelain
factories, such as Kestner & Co. and Kister. Made for many decades, often
these delicate dolls were cared for so lovingly, that they survived to be passed
from generation to generation. Often a previous owner has also recorded the
doll’s history, including her “name” and the names of previous
owners. However, the manufacturers unfortunately did not mark most china head
dolls in any way, making it very difficult to assign a maker to the dolls.
Given this frustrating impediment, the timing could not be better to bring the china head dolls out for an exhibit. Thanks to recent research by doll historians, especially Christiane Gräfnitz, and Mary Krombholz (available in Krombholz’s recently published book Identifying German Chinas 1840s-1930s), we have been able to attribute manufacturers to a number of previously unidentified china head dolls in the collection. The Kestner lady, whose image accompanies this article, is one such doll. We now know that she bears several characteristics typical of a Kestner china head, such as the painted oval nostrils and unpainted space between the slightly smiling lips.
If you have a “china” of your own awaiting identification, you may find answers or at least some “leads” in this exhibit. We hope you will join us as we study the history of these beautiful and heretofore mysterious dolls.
from the director...
from French fashions to dollhouses and room boxes, which was even shocking to
us, was all too brief. Already we must say good-bye to the line of forehead
prints we inevitably acquire along the glass each day as our visitors attempt
an ever closer peek into the tiny habitats created by our 7 featured women miniaturists.
The realism of the spaces, and in some instances the surrealism, and the breathtaking
resemblances the dolls have to their human counterparts was appreciated by people
of all ages, once again proving the vast appeal of minutia. We sincerely hope
you made time to visit this incredible display portraying, not only the creative
genius of these women, but the unbelievable hours of labor it took to produce
their art. (Not to mention good eyes and a steady hand!)
So now, with another giant leap, we proudly present dolls made of china, an exhibit we have anticipated for a long time. Several remarkable researchers have published works on chinas in recent years bringing to light the makers of some of the dolls that have been in obscurity all this time. Mona Borger, Christiane Gräfnitz, and Mary Krombholz all have contributed so much to the doll world with their remarkable findings and extensive work with the companies, patents, markings, and general footwork it takes to really identify some of these rare and wonderful dolls.
Some in our collection still remain elusive, but that is the joy of collecting: tomorrow may find the answer. Please come to visit the amazing and early dolls that our own great grandmothers played with and lovingly preserved for us. If you love only textiles, this is the exhibit for you. The early cottons and fine wools on some of these dolls are worth a trip, and the underpinnings, all hand stitched,...well, come see.
-Rosalie A Whyel
Welcome To Our New & Returning Members:
Joan B Bates
Carole D Kipp
Sally Spear Bauer
Vicki L Johnson
Judy E Lloyd
Charlotte van Dyck
We would like to
thank the following people for their generous
donations during the last quarter:
donation in memory of Helen Architect
Sinclair C. Malm
Mary Ann Pitzler
Bonnie Jean Shipman
Nancy B. Solibakke
From the Museum Store...
Call or stop by for more details or call the
(425) 455-1116 or toll free at 1-800-440-DOLL.
CLASSIC DOLL, BEAR & TOY SHOW & SALE
Lake City Elks
Saturday April 23, 2005
10am - 3pm
ANTIQUE & COLLECTIBLE DOLL MARKET*
Lake City Community Center
Saturday May 21, 2005
10am - 3pm
COME RAIN OR COME SHINE DOLL & BEAR SHOW & SALE
Benton County Fairgrounds
Saturday May 21, 2005
10am - 4pm
NANCY JO DOLL & TOY SALE*
Friday May 6, 2005
12pm - 4pm
Saturday May 7, 2005
9am - 3pm
CROSSROADS DOLL & TEDDY BEAR SHOW*
Saturday June 25 &
Sunday June 26, 2005
10am - 4pm
*Look for the Museum sales table
5 - MAY 15 2005
MAY 7 2005
Mother’s Day Tea
1pm Museum Rose Room
(see Museum Tidbits)
JUNE 11 2005
Doll Appraisal Clinic
at Rosie’s Too
During Regular Hours
MAY 21 - OCTOBER 31 2005
“True Survivors: Early Dolls Made of China”
Changing Gallery Exhibit
Our Newsletter Via Email!
Thank you to everyone who has so enthusiastically responded to our emailed Newsletter! What a computer savvy bunch doll collectors are! Due to such a positive response and to help support the Museum, we will be offering our quarterly Newsletter solely via email. Adobe Acrobat, which is available free online, is all that is needed, though most computers come with it already installed. A printable version, exactly like the published one, can come right to you on a more timely basis to read at your leisure and throw away or store with a click of a button. Help us keep costs down and receive notice of events and exhibits faster by signing up today! Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or find out more about it; we welcome questions. Remember we keep all of our past newsletters on the website for viewing any time! THIS IS OUR LAST PAPER ISSUE. Thank you for your support which will allow us to provide better exhibits, events, and programs for you. If you do not have access to email, please call the Museum.
Other Museum Tidbits!
Museum Out & About
Do you find Carole at the
NANCY JO DOLL AND TOY SALE in Vallejo in May and October? Or in Bellevue
at the DOLL MARKET? Or will you be seeing Rosalie, Shelley, and Lacee
(that’s right, now you can put a face to her name) at the UFDC
NATIONAL CONVENTION in Philadelphia? We’re doing a dinner event
and we’ll be in the SALES ROOM! Or maybe you took your family
doll to the Puyallup CROSSROADS DOLL AND TEDDY BEAR SHOW in March
for Rosalie to evaluate at Dorothy Drake’s Restoration Clinic.
Are you a museum member and attended one of our recent MEMBER EVENTS
like the Wigs, Pates, and Eyes? Or did you join Rosalie and Ellie
on the grand EUROPEAN DOLL TOUR?
Focus in the Gallery
Don’t forget part of your visit to our Changing Exhibits should include a visit to our Permanent Galleries to view similar dolls. In honor of our next exhibit, we thought some of these should be brought to your attention. The Museum has several rare Chinas throughout the galleries, including the “Early Commercial”, “Doll Technology”, and “If Only It Could Speak” sections. Here are two examples worthy of a closer look.
An early example of eyes that can open and close or “sleep” are found on this sweet China. Sleep eyes did not become common until the 1880s, but this lady proves that this invention was used far earlier as she is dated between 1860 to 1870. Our German lady has an unknown maker, but she likes the mystery surrounding her origin as you can tell by her infectious smile. A human hair wig, kid body, and blue eyes that she likes to bat to show her uniqueness complete her.
An absolutely gorgeous China that is even more special than she appears. This English child has flesh tinted China with high color ruddy cheeks to match her home spun, wool, two piece plaid dress and matching red shoes. She’s dressed in a Welsh costume, including hat and cotton ruffled undercap over a human hair wig, which shows off her finely detailed china arms and legs and beautifully painted blue eyes. Though we do not know her maker she comes with a royal history as she was believed to have been given in 1850 to Victoria, Princess Royal and eldest daughter of Queen Victoria. This child doll was accompanied by the following letter, announcing her history, “The Dowr. Lady Lyttelton encloses to Mrs. Irwin (?) a post office order for the amount of the price of the Doll received for the Princess Royal; which has arrived safe, and is much approved. Windsor Castle Decr. 21st 1850.”
Our Summer Members’ Event, featuring
June 4, 2005
Once again our Rose Room will be filled to the brim with all those
things our dollies love – accessories, accessories, accessories!
HATS, GLOVES, SHOES, SOCKS, BOWS, PURSES, PINS, PARASOLS, JEWELRY,
APRONS, AND MORE!! Receive your member discount on all items purchased.
Exclusive to Members.
Mother’s Day Tea
Please join us in honoring mothers everywhere and especially your mother and grandmother in these age old traditions of the High Tea and the Doll. Come celebrate this special day here at the Museum! Honor the women in your life, or yourself, with a proper English tea in our Rose Room and a tour through our serene galleries.
Saturday May 7, 2005
Includes - A special
gift for Mom, to commemorate your visit
Space will be limited.
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We’re so proud Lennox Scott, Chairman and CEO of John L. Scott Real Estate, chose to have his Birthday Portrait taken at one of his favorite places - the Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art - for a feature article on him in the Puget Sound Business Journal. How appropriate Lennox stood in front of Rosemary Zilmer’s dollhouse creation “Astonbrook” which graces the Atrium of the Museum.
We Mourn a Favorite Docent
Arletta Golden was one of the first of
our docents to join the museum volunteers. She was ever faithful –if
it was Tuesday, Arletta was in the Rose Room working on one project
or another. Little did we know that secretly at home she was working
on another project. Only years later, in her late 80s, would she unveil
a series of dolls and their watercolor paintings that she had created
after having taken only one doll making class!